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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal extends lockdown till May 31

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced the extension of the lockdown by another week to further reduce the spread of the COVID-19 infection in the national capital. Now, the lockdown will be in place until 5 am on May 31. Kejriwal has also clarified that the unlock process in Delhi will be also slow.

The lockdown in Delhi was announced last month and has been already extended repeatedly to ensure that the gains made in reducing the positivity rate are not wasted. Positivity rate refers to the average number of patients who test positive out of every 100 samples tested.

What Kejriwal said

The Delhi CM said, “Now the wave is weakening visibly. We have not won yet but we may be taking control of the wave. In 24 hours, the positivity rate is below 2.5 per cent. At one point, we have reported 28,000 cases daily (the positivity rate was around 35 per cent). Now in 24 hours, we have reported 1,600 cases.”

The national capital recorded 1,649 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 30, and 189 deaths on Sunday, the health department data showed.

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On Saturday, Delhi’s positivity rate had dropped to 3.58 per cent—the lowest since April 1. The national capital logged 2,260 new COVID-19 cases, and the death count, at 182, also saw a major drop. Saturday was also the fourth consecutive day the city logged less than 4,000 daily cases. On Friday, Delhi recorded 3,009 cases and 252 deaths, with a positivity rate of less than 4.76 per cent.

Kejriwal said, “If COVID-19 cases continue to decrease in the coming days, we will begin to unlock Delhi in a phased manner from May 31.”

Vaccine shortage in Delhi

Reiterating that there is a vaccine shortage in Delhi, Kejriwal said the Delhi government is trying everything possible to ensure the supply of vaccines. It also said that it is ready to spend any amount for immunizing the population of the national capital as it could ensure that the third wave of the pandemic does not arrive.

He said, “There is a possibility that the third wave would not hit if everyone is vaccinated. We are planning to vaccinate everyone as soon as possible. I am in talks with domestic & foreign companies regarding vaccines. We are ready to spend from our budget.”

 

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